India (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 February, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: No tests required
Quarantine Required: Yes
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 14 days required for all countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 22.02.2021
1. Flights to India are suspended until 28 February 2021.
– This does not apply to relief, repatriation and humanitarian flights.
2. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of India;
– residents of India;
– nationals of Nepal and Bhutan;
– spouses of nationals of India. They must present proof of the marriage and a copy of the Indian national’s passport;
– passengers with an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card or booklet;
– students if one of the parents is a national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder;
– minors if one of the parents is a national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder;
– spouses of an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder. They must present proof of the marriage and a copy of the OCI card;
– single parents of a minor who is national of India or an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card holder;
– passengers with a Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) card;
– passengers with a visa (excluding medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020, and tourist visas(Type T)) issued by India;
– passengers returning from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives or Nepal via India to their country of residence.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit through Bangalore (BLR), Chennai (MAA), Delhi (DEL), Hyderabad (HYD), Kolkata (CCU) or Mumbai (BOM).
4. E-visas and tourist visas (Type T) are no longer valid.
5. Medical visas issued on or before 21 October 2020 are no longer valid.
6. Passengers must complete the self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in before departure.
7. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test must be uploaded at www.newdelhiairport.in .
8. Passengers arriving from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Brazil, France, Germany, Iraq, Kuwait, Netherlands, Oman, Qatar, Russian Fed., South Africa, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates or United Kingdom are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) molecular test upon arrival at their own expense and quarantine for up to 14 days.
9. Passengers arriving in India:
– are subject to medical screening; and
– must present a completed Self-reporting form obtained at https://www.newdelhiairport.in/covid19
10. Until 28 February 2021, passengers who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom:
– must complete a self-declaration form at www.newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before departure; and
– must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers must upload the test result at www.newdelhiairport.in ; and
– must be traveling on a direct flight from the United Kingdom to India; and
– are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival and quarantine for 14 days.
11. Airline crew who are arriving from or have transited through the United Kingdom:
– must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– are subject to a Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test upon arrival.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

The Government of India on Thursday extended the ban on international scheduled commercial flights to and from India till February 28 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 28th February 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the government circular read.

All Indian Nationals arriving from abroad are required to undergo 14-day quarantine.
 

Lockdown Details

All essential services (including groceries, pharmacies, ATMs) continue to function.

The wearing of facial/cloth masks is compulsory in all public places. There are strict restrictions on large gatherings. You may be penalized if you violate restrictions. Restrictions may vary between states. New Restrictions can be put in place at short notice to curb the spread of the virus. You should closely monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local authorities.
 

Sources

https://in.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co